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Crime figures down


By Peter Harris


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The latest statistics show that Nottinghamshire police are reducing crime.

The force and the Nottinghamshire Police Authority have released the county’s crime statistics for the second quarter of 2007-8, July to September, in response to the publication of the national statistics for the same period by the Home Office.

These figures provide a comparison of Nottinghamshire police’s performance with the national average against the same period last year.

They again show the force is making significant reductions and in some cases performing above the national average.

Overall, crime in Nottinghamshire has reduced by more than 6% to 30,929 offences from 32,962 in the same quarter last year. The national average is 9%.

Nottinghamshire has seen a 14.9% reduction in house burglary, from 2,699 to 2,298,which is above the national average of 8%.

Sexual offences are down by more than 27%, again exceeding the national average of 9%, from 387 to 279.

Violence against the person shows a 9% drop from 5,782 to 5,240, compared with the same period the previous year.

This includes 542 fewer incidents that resulted in injury. Robbery was down by more than 17% to 472 from 570.

Drug offences rose in Nottinghamshire by more than 38% to 1,025 from 740 but this is seen as a success as each offence is a detection of drug possession or supply. Nationally drug offences rose by 21%.

The increase in drug offences is the major contributing factor to the fact that the all-crime figure has risen.

However, there were also rises in violence that did not result in injury (9% to 2,458) and in other non-categorised offences (5% to 486).

Mr John Clarke, the chairman of the police authority, said: “I’m particularly pleased to see the significant reduction in house burglary, one of the performance improvements the police authority asked for, and one which matters a great deal to those who live in the county.”

The Deputy Chief Constable, Susannah Fish said: “Burglary and violent crime has reduced dramatically compared to the same period last year.

“This significantly exceeds the average reduction achieved nationally.”



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